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South Carolina Fishing Reports

About South Carolina Fishing

Many a fisherman has noted that, for its size, the bream fights harder than almost any other fish.  If a bluegill or shellcracker reached the size of, for example, a blue catfish it's hard to imagine the epic battles that would unfold between man and beast.   In a similar vein, South Carolina may be only be the 40th largest state in the Union - but it punches well above its weight in the diversity and quality of its fisheries.  We may be a little biased, because the Palmetto State is our home, but we would rate the wide variety of lakes, rivers, and saltwater fisheries in our state as being as good or better than what any other state has to offer.

Sure, Alaska has salmon.  And Florida has snook.  But in how many states can you fish for trout on a beautiful mountain stream or deep, clear Lake Jocassee in the morning - and then head a couple of hours down the road and go after a 50 plus pound striped bass on a massive reservoir like Clarks Hill in the afternoon?  And then head a little over an hour east to a highland reservoir like Lake Murray, to enjoy the nationally renowned bass fishing lake which has played host to multiple championship level tournaments?  And then drive another hour and a bit down the road to the swampy headwaters of the world famous Santee Cooper lakes where you can fish for giant bass, world record catfish and more amongst the cypress trees and alligators?  And then pop less than an hour down the road to Charleston for some premier inshore fishing with world class redfish action - or head offshore for tuna, wahoo, dolphin, and even a billfish?

If that sounds like a lot of excitement, and it is, take a moment to imagine what you missed on this whirlwind tour!  You missed Lake Hartwell and Lake Wylie, host to top bass tournaments including the Bassmaster Classic, and multiple smaller lakes with lesser names but sometimes even better fisheries such as Lake Greenwood, Lake Russell, Lake Wateree, and Lake Monticello - where the next world record blue catfish and a state record largemouth just might be swimming.  And you also missed top inshore and offshore fishing action at such popular tourist destinations as the Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach area) and Hilton Head Island - and quieter local gems such as Edisto Island and Beaufort. 

From the mountains to the sea, South Carolina is a fisherman's paradise and has earned its reputation as a premier fishing destination.

June 28

Morning surface water temperatures are in the low to mid-80s in Murrells Inlet. Baisch Boys Bait and Tackle (843-651-1915) has regular and jumbo mud minnows, live shrimp, usually fiddler crabs (call to confirm), fresh head-on shrimp, and a full range of frozen baits including frozen sand fleas.  Live finger mullet will be stocked within days. 

  • by Jay

June 28

Santee Cooper water levels are down to 73.92 in Lake Marion (full pool is 76.8) and 74.89 in Lake Moultrie (full pool is 75.5) and the lakes are normal clarity. Morning surface water temperatures range between 85 and 90 degrees.

In the lakes the bass fishing has not changed too much on Santee, but Captain Brett Mitchell (803-379-7029) reports

  • by Jay

June 28

Lake Wateree is at 97.2% of full pool and the lake is clear for Wateree on both ends. Morning surface water temperatures are in the middle to upper 80s.

It continues to be a really tough bass bite on Lake Wateree, and tournament angler Dearal Rodgers of Camden reports

  • by Jay

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